Weekend Confirmed 153 - PlayStation 4 announcements, Year Walk, Crysis 3

By Jeff Mattas, Feb 22, 2013 11:00am PST

The PlayStation 4 has been announced, so it shouldn't be a surprise that this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed is all about the new system, services, and software. Though Jeff Cannata is away in Barcelona, Garnett Lee and "Indie" Jeff Mattas are joined by Christian Spicer and Mike Schramm to break down what's exciting, what's concerning, and that which is still unknown about Sony's next-gen console announcements. Though PlayStation 4 is this week's focus, the crew also manages to sneak in some impressions of Crysis 3, and praise for Simogo's moody iOS adventure, Year Walk. Of course, a fresh batch of Finishing Moves brings it all home.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 153: 2/22/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:34 - 00:27:40

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  • You guys had like four days to research and look up things before doing this podcast and yet you all still came into this without knowing so many things.

    - The fact that no one brought up that Killzone and DriveClub were running off of 4 GB ram instead of 8 is ridiculous.

    - The way Garnett seems to think that this is an E3 event when it was actually an investor and developer event makes him look immature. Just because you found the architecture and developer talk boring, it doesn't mean that the intended audience did.

    - Garnett contradicts himself a few times, but the most noticeable was when they were all talking about being honest and showing proper footage but then he wants made up videos of games that obviously aren't ready to show.

    - Guys, PAX, E3, GDC, Gamescom and TGS are coming, the have so many venues throughout the year to announce new things and to go into greater detail on their features.

    - Everyone thought this event would be a 20 minute announcement with a video reel and a tech demo, but instead it turns out to be so much more and yet the press act like there isn't enough. This is an announcement, its not a showcase, we were lucky to get as much info as we got.

    - The fact that a PS3 or 360 can use 512MB of ram and still get close to matching a middle end PC is amazing after seven years, the PS4 is so much more powerful and yet everyone seems to think it won't do the same thing as every other console in the past. 8 GB of ram for a console means so much more than 8 GB for a PC.

    I can go on and on, but I think I made my point. The gaming press has become far to skeptical about everything, they have become a hive mind that bases their wants and predictions around companies like Apple. I honestly believe that most of the press are getting close to 30 years of age, thinking of different things, having more responsibilities and so have less time for games, which then leads them to be more negative about the industry.

    I've seen this with the PS3, every Nintendo console, the VITA and now the PS4. Microsoft doesn't catch as much flak, not really sure why considering they haven't lead in sales for three years, have and promote bad consumer practices, have had little to no creative games come out and obviously have taken a stance against gamers and have gone for a different market, which I guess is the market that a lot of the press has turned into.

  • The Square Enix part was definitely the low point of the conference but over all it got me pretty hyped for the PS4.

    That's probably due to the core approach they took, I really won't be all that excited if Microsoft comes out and goes into how they want to be the living room box again. As for them opening with games... What al could they even show, exclusive wise? I don't think Gears or even Halo can get me excited anymore. Both of those series have run out of steam.

    I'm more likely to build a killer PC to have along side a PS4 then I am to get the next xbox, but we'll see.